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The program in International Relations examines questions of power, order, cooperation, and conflict that emerge as national and international actors relate across state boundaries. Such factors include states as well as international organizations like the United Nations, transnational advocacy groups (such as environmental and human rights networks), multinational corporations, ethnic and racial groups, and individuals. Patterns include diplomacy and war, exchanges of commodities and ideas, ethnic conflict, transnational networking, and the flow of people and problems across borders.

The program also includes theoretical studies of why these actors do as they do—from the pursuit of national self-interest, to the promotion of universal standards of justice, to personal or group gain. The major in particular encourages students to explore how aspects of the international system, such as security and trade regimes, are fluid and ever-changing, how they have emerged over time, and how they are presently being “re-imagined” and reconstructed by an increasingly diverse range of actors.

For its core curriculum, the International Relations program rests on the extensive body of theory and literature already developed within international relations as an established subfield of political science, and international trade as an established subfield of economics. This core is complemented by an interdisciplinary approach that encourages students to recognize that the collective “imagining” of international affairs is also expressed through a variety of perspectives, including history and anthropology, literature, art, and music. As a result, the program is flexible in its design, and adaptable to students’ interests regarding relevant themes, world regions, and disciplinary perspectives.

Note that when an advanced language course is listed under area studies or one of the concentrations, it can both satisfy the area studies or concentration requirement and count toward language competency.

interdisciplinary, 11 courses
Six core courses; a methods course; three courses in a thematic track, at least one from the list of keystone courses, with two courses at the 200-level or higher; and a capstone seminar course. IR majors must take at least three courses in one region outside of the United States (these can include courses taken in the thematic track and the capstone seminar course). In addition, IR majors must demonstrate competency in a foreign language equivalent to four semesters of language study. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

interdisciplinary, 5 courses
POL 180 and two of the three core courses selected from POL 140, ECON 160, or ECON 240; two courses in a thematic track, at least one taken from the list of keystone courses; and at least one course in a region outside of the United States (this can include courses taken in the thematic track). All courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Students will take each of these six courses. Please note that some courses may require a prerequisite.
ANTH 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or any REL 100 or 200-level course dealing with global religions
ECON 160 Principles of Economics
ECON 240 International Trade
HIST Any 100 or 200 level course
POL 140 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL 180 Introduction to International Relations

ANTH 273 Research Methods
ECON 202 Statistics
ENG 205 Narrative Methods
POL 361 Quantitative Research Methods
POL 371 Qualitative and Interpretive Research Methods
POL 380 Theories of International Relations
SOC 211 Research Methods
SOC 212 Data Analysis

Students will take three courses in one of the thematic tracks. At least one must be drawn from the keystone courses listed below, while the other two are chosen in consultation with the adviser. The three courses must come from more than one discipline, and at least two of the courses in the thematic track should be at the 200-level or higher. Students also have the option of developing a self-designed theme in close consultation with their adviser and the approval of the program faculty.

Global Security and Diplomacy Keystone Courses:
HIST 237 Europe Since the War
HIST 238 The World Wars in Global Perspective
PHIL 155 Morality and War
POL 283 Political Violence
POL 290 American Foreign Policy

Political Economy and Development Keystone Courses:
ANTH 212 NGOs and Development
ECON 233 Comparative Economics
ECON 344 Economic Development
INRL 205 Capitalism: Theoretical Foundations
POL 248 Politics of Development
POL 254 Globalization

Politics, Culture and Identity Keystone Courses:
ANTH 205 Race, Class and Ethnicity
ANTH 280 Environment and Culture
ENG 170 Global English Literature
ENG 246 Globalism and Literature
REL 470 Nationalism
SOC 221 Race and Ethnic Relations

Transnational Issues and Cooperation Keystone Courses:
ANTH 279 Diagnosing the World
ANTH 302 Borders and Walls
ECON 311 Economics of Immigration
ENV 120 Human Geography
ENV 200 Environmental Science
PHIL 159 Global Justice
POL 249 Protests, Movements, and Unions
POL 254 Globalization

Any of the approved seminars offered by program faculty (list updated each year based on curriculum offerings) or an Honors project. The Capstone Course must be taken after completion of the methods core course and should reflect the student’s thematic and/or regional concentration, whenever possible.

Competency in a foreign language as demonstrated by four semesters of language study in a single language, or by an equivalent score on a proficiency test arranged in consultation with the program coordinator.

Students are required to take at least three courses in one region outside of the United States. These courses may—but need not—include courses taken in a Thematic Track and as a Capstone Course. Regions in which we offer a number of courses include 1) Africa, 2) Latin America and the Caribbean, 3) Europe, 4) Middle East and North Africa, 5) East Asia, 6) Southeast Asia, 7) South Asia, 8) Russia and Central Asia, and 9) Oceania.

INRL 205 Capitalism: Theoretical Foundations What is capitalism? How did this mode of organization become both universal and particular? What are its consequences for human flourishing and political freedom? To what extent does the contemporary global economy still reflect the values of liberal political economy from the 18th century? What are the perennial threats and emerging challenges to a liberal economic order at local, national, and global scales? This course examines the historical, philosophical, and political foundations of liberal political economy with an intensive focus on the seminal work of Adam Smith. (Prerequisites: POL 180 or POL 140 or POL 160 or ECON 160; Offered annually; Yadav).

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